I think there is great concern across the Pacific family because we are in constant contact with our Pacific family. And I’ll be in further discussions with leaders over the course of this weekend.
There was a meeting yesterday with our head of mission and prime minister [Manasseh] Sogavare yesterday to talk through these issues and they’re very aware of our views on this. But I think what these events highlight is the reason why our government increased our overseas development assistance to the Pacific by 50%.
We actually increased our investment in overseas development assistance in the Pacific by 50%. It was a step up because we had to step up from where Labor was investing in this area.
While they were chasing votes for the [UN] security council, throwing money in continents far away from our region, we decided to increase our focus and draw together and this started under foreign minister [Julie] Bishop, drawing together our overseas development assistance from around the world and focusing it on the Pacific region because we saw that as our first responsibility.